At the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences on our Brackenhurst Campus, we have four unique laboratories dedicated to analysis and research. The laboratories are used for practical sessions such as nutritional biochemistry, nutritional content of food, DNA gel electrophoresis and nutrient content of water and soil extract. They are also used for student and staff research. 

Dedicated food processing laboratory

Students studying on a related course can use the food laboratory for anything from packaging equipment to diary processing and modifying food products for a specialist diet.

Equipment includes:

  • packaging equipment such as modified atmosphere control, vacuum packer and canning equipment
  • cheese vat, cheese press, cream separator, ice cream machine and a pasteuriser to aid with dairy processing skills
  • large capacity proving oven with the ability to create various humidity and temperatures
  • spray dryer which turns liquid into powder

Microbiology and DNA laboratory 

The microbiology and DNA laboratory is used for practical lessons and research such as DNA and fruit fungal analysis.

Equipment includes:

  • -80 degree centigrade freezer for storage of extracted DNA samples
  • transilluminator for the visualisation of DNA bands in gel electrophoresis
  • various incubators for culturing class 1 organisms
  • colony counter which automatically counts and identifies colony growth on cultured plates

Chemistry laboratory

Having been newly refurbished, our general laboratory provides a dedicated area for research to take place at the same time as teaching.

It houses equipment such as:

  • texture analyser which uses pressure to determine the breaking point of bones
  • Jenway flame photometer used to detect the calcium and potassium content of water samples or soil extract
  • Beckman Coulter laser diffraction particle size analyser to identify the particle size of soils and sediments
  • ELISA plate reader which can find progesterone in milk, cortisol in saliva, the phosphate content of soils and much more
  • sedimentation channel to investigate the formations of river beds


Students in the laboratory
Insect in a petri dish
Students studying in the lab